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  • Commented on Down tools
    On the note of the Judge Dredd movies, for anyone who's interested: Go check out the more recent movie "Dredd" with Karl Urban in the starring role, it's a superior action movie that (I think) channels the comics superbly (while...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    While completely willing to own up to speculating wildly on the matter (hence my "it could be bollocks" coda), I'm not sure I'm willing to let the idea go as "utter bollocks" (and yes, I will stop using that word...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Risking even further straying off topic and into dangerous waters, I suspect that the basis for many religons having a downer on homosexuality and children born out of wedlock can be found by viewing their rules on relationships and sexuality...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Good question. I assume that it's always been an option on the Android version then? (Shockingly ignorant of other mobile OS's, aren't I?)...
  • Commented on Vacation
    This wasn't in the iOS Google Maps app until a few point versions ago -- if you are on iOS and updated to the latest version of the app, you should be able to find the "Offline maps" option by...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Without knowing the details of the negotiations between Hachette and Amazon, its hard to parse the accuracy of Hugh Howley's piece, it's pretty much pure speculation in a vacuum. One problem that I do have with it is that the...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    But then you've got to figure out which are plausible tips....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    As I get older, I often get the feeling that it is more and more obvious that Douglas Adams wasn't so much making things up as predicting the future state of the world....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    It's good to know that there is one "mature and intelligent" person left out there on the internet. Certainly, the ability to dismiss someone you don't know and all their work because you disagree on a minor point (of what...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    A part of me really wants to argue with you (ad hominem attacks and all), but a wiser part simply says: Don't feed the troll....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Apology accepted! (Although I do not personally wield the awesome Hammer of Ban and mighty Axe of Deletion)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    "And if Stross or Rowling disappears from the market as a result, that's no more tragic than if ChiaPets or ThighMasters disappear from the market" Just: Huh? Creative individuals producing highly unique products (possibly even quantifiable as works of art)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    ** Moderator to the forum! Paging Moderator to the forum! -- We seem to be plunging towards an off-topic climate debate singualrity -- Please jettison all extraneous comments and engage full topic course-correction measures **...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Except when it's a multi-purpose tool, that works best for the users of one specific function, but stabs the users of another function in the face....
  • Commented on Checking in
    The road from Dublin to Belfast no longer meanders -- you have to make a deliberate effort these days. Fifteen years ago I would have allowed 3+ hours to do the roughly hundred miles, now you can go from Belfast...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Not trying to wave irrationality as a get-out card for anything inexplicable, I just mean that the mindset of someone contemplating, planning or in the process of committing suicide can be very hard to understand. It could be that the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Suicide theory speculation: Pilot or co-pilot wants to die, but in a way that they can justify to themselves as not being suicide (don't forget, someone comtemplating suicide can be be irrational but highly logical). They decide that flying the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I find it hard to give much credence to any of the heist/theft theories bouncing around -- they all seem overly complex with relatively poor payoff (even for 9-figure values) against the risk of things going wrong, or the level...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    It certainly illustrates that unexplained plane disappearances are not as uncommon as the general public might think (even if they're statistically small compared to number of operating aircraft across the globe). Less useful in figuring out what happened to MA370...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I think the watch-words for this entire tragedy are "murky" and "confusing"....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I've considered it further and decided that I'm not going to continue this discussion (just on the off chance that Dirk flounces off into the ether again, never to return, until he does). It's pretty clear that at least one...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm going to choose to believe that you think that you are answering my last question about objectively measuring stupidity with this one-worder, and are referencing such scenarios as were once the subject of Darwin Awards. I'm really not going...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    It was still her choice to ride unprotected -- I am assuming that if she was riding pillion, the rider in charge of the bike did not deliberately spill her off at high speed. So we can assume that some...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Also, it might be entirely correct to say that this *is* what happens, but I thought thet part of the discussion here was about what *should* happen, not what does happen....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm also curious if Dirk feels that his concise summary applies to children? Should a child's stupid decision through lack of information or experience be punished? Is this the best way to stop children and adults being "stupid"? And is...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    So if a woman dresses provocatively and walks down a dark street alone, she deserves to get raped? This is the logical extension of your argument here. (And I'm kind of nauseated that you either dont't see that or think...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Do I really have to spend time pointing out in detail the difference between the example that you give of someone being injured through their own actions, and the example you gave of someone being injured by another persons actions...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Dirk, are you saying that by certain behaviour a victim deserves what they get? Re-read what you posted about your friend's son, and that's pretty much what your meaning comes across as. I don't think I need to go into...
  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    Working in the "data" industry, so to speak, I have come to this conclusion (and I think it applies here too): Data is just data, it can be used wisely or it can be used foolishly, but having the data...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    A quick jump onto the Pratchett bandwagon: For dark, I don't think he's ever been blacker than NIGHT WATCH -- but probably diffficult to start here as there's a lot of back story to many of the characters contained in...
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